Thursday, June 8, 2023

Carl Sagan on TFG, Malcolm Gladwell on Fanatics, Plus XKCD

Lyle Lovett - Good Intentions 
"It makes for a good day for some serious reflection And massive rationalization."

"You knew I was a snake"

From Losing My Religions. Even though he died long before Tangerine Palpatine was in the White House, Uncle Carl saw him coming:

One of the saddest lessons of history is this:

If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken.

Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

–Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

Also, I bet you have known someone like this:

The more you invest in a set of beliefs – the greater the sacrifice you make in the service of that conviction – the more resistant you will be to evidence that suggests that you are mistaken. You don’t give up. You double down.

—Malcolm Gladwell, The Bomber Mafia

A reference to the end of the "Money" chapter in Losing.

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